Notes on the Mosquito: Selected Poems

Notes on the Mosquito: Selected Poems




The internationally renowned Chinese poet’s first collection to appear in English.

“In the crevices of history, mosquitoes are everywhere,” Xi Chuan writes. Notes on the Mosquito introduces English readers to one of the most revered poets of contemporary China. Gaining recognition as a post-Misty poet in the late ’80s, Xi Chuan was famous for his condensed, numinous lyricism, and for radiating classical Chinese influences as much as Western modernist traditions. After the crushing failure of Tiananmen Square and the death of two of his closest friends, he stopped writing for three years. He re-emerged transformed: he began writing meditative, expansive prose poems that dismantled the aestheticism and musicality of his previous self. Divided into two sections that hinge around this formal break, Notes on the Mosquito offers the greatest hits of a deeply engaging poet, whose work intertwines the mountains and roads of Xinjiang with insects and mythical beasts, ghosts and sacred spirits with chess and a Sanskrit inscription.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811219877
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 04/12/2012
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Xi Chuan, born in 1963 in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, is a poet, essayist, and translator. He currently teaches classical Chinese literature at the Central Academy for Fine Arts. His numerous prizes include the Modern Chinese Poetry Award (1994), the national Lu Xun Prize for Literature (2001), and the Zhuang Zhongwen Prize for Literature (2003).

Lucas Klein is a writer, translator, and editor of He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Chinese, Translation, and Linguistics at the City University of Hong Kong.

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